Unheard Voices


Tuesday 12 November, 2019 12:00PM - Friday 15 November, 2019 09:00PM


Downtown Design, Dubai Design District (D3)

12 November 2019  – 15 November 2019


Voices are real yet interpreted by each and every one differently, and thus heard differently from different perspectives and distances.

1971 – Design Space presents Unheard Voices by the U.A.E based artist/ designer Ranim AlHalaky. Unheard Voices is a series of poetry installations that aim to transform voices into visuals within a space and context.  The installation focuses on the use of Arabic typography, using the Nastaliq style as visual forms in different mediums to express a poetic verse in an experiential form. It aims at building a setting and hence an experience to its audience. The installation is an on-going series of experimentations and executions where  Unheard Voices D01 was commissioned by 1971 – Design Space as part of RASM Exhibition that was curated by Huda Smitshuizen Abifares, and launched in November 2018. As a continuation to Unheard Voices D01, Ranim brings us to D02 at Downtown Editions 2019 as part of Downtown Design, where she continues the process of typographic 3D-metal experimentation in space, yet with sound integrated this time. Taking the same scheme of message through poetry and the same material used and creating an interactive installation that speaks to its audience. Afterall, the voices are out there, all you have to do is listen. D01 was a silent version of the speaking D02. Those voices can be pleasing to some but also disturbing to others.


Downtown Design Timings

12 November 2019
14:00 – 17:00 VIP Preview (invitation only)

17:00 – 19:00 Trade visitors

13 November 2019
12:00 – 17:00 Trade visitors
17:00 – 19:00 Trade and public visitors

14 November 2019
12:00 – 17:00 Trade visitors
17:00 – 21:00 Trade and public visitors

15 November 2019
12:00 – 21:00 Public Day: Trade and public visitors


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About Ranim Al Halaky

Ranim is a Lebanese/Syrian Graphic Designer, graduated from the American University of Beirut with Honors in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, 2015. In 2017, she was awarded The International Graphic Design Award and published by the AIAP Women in Design Awards in Italy, on her work including her final year thesis and project book/object in space, 50 METERS OF STORYTELLING. This project also won the Areen Award for excellence in Graphic Design in Lebanon, year 2015; and in 2016 was awarded and published by NYC Print Magazine, Merit Award for Typography and Lettering. Her calligraphic installation Unheard Voices – D01 was exhibited at 1971 – Design Space (2018-2019). In her work she emphasizes on the use of Arabic Typography as a visual element. Her work and research varies from print to 3D objects and experiences in space leading to experiential designs. She has received several national and International awards on her work. She has worked as a freelance designer with a range of regional and international clients, in Amsterdam, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Dubai through design studios and freelance. Al Halaky currently lives and works with Tinkah Design Studio in Dubai, UAE.